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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

3,780 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,780
Reviews: 1,202
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 144
Gots: 380 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 09-27-2002

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Photo of drpimento
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Damn fine product! Poured a small to medium sized light copper tan frothy head that mostly faded and some lace. Color is a clear copper amber. Aroma is hop caramel yeast caramel old leather roasty. Flavor is like aroma and quite tasty. Not overly hop fruity thank god. Good body and carbonation. Great finish that's like flavor and of medium length. Most definitely a session beer.

Photo of elvisnj
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

Incredible head. Stays around for a while like Meringue. Light brown color head. It was a 12oz bottle and it took 3 pours to fit into my chalice with this huge head.

Nose is classic Stone yeast with a great floral hop kick. The color is a spectacular dark amber/ruby. Stone definitely knows how to make a beer look bad ass.

Overalll, It was damn good. I thought it was almost an AB light with some added pine and less citrus, and no hop double kick to the palate, which works well. Carbonation was right and mouth feel too. Would be happy to drink again.

I felt this was a very good beer from Stone. Again.

Photo of generalnotsew
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark amber but I didn't get much of a head out of this one. Lacing is also pretty thin.

S: Nice piney, grassey flowery hops. Has a bit of an underlying sweetness but still surprised at the hops.

T: Has a pilsner quality with a twist of hops. Not really much of an aftertaste. Reminds me of a toned down Black IPA actually. Not bad but not overly impressive either.

M: Carbonation is a bit aggressive. Could be toned down a bit.

D: Drinkability is pretty good. Would make a great lawnmower beer.

Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a DFH Signature Snifter Glass

Dark, clear- amber red ale. Thick, two finger foamy head which took a while to dissipate. NICE lacing as the head faded. The first whiff was unmistakable- piney hops! The taste was clearly a smooth but bitter hoppy IPA, and even though it pours and looks like a double it tastes between a regular and a double, without the alchohol kick of a double. The mouthfeel was definately ligther, with only a slight hint of carbonation.

This is a very drinkable IPA for the IPA lover, as it isn't overboard on the ABV. Dare I say- "Arrogant Bastard Light"??

Photo of djbreezy
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a belgian style stemmed glass

appearance - pours an opaque red/amber/brown, with a lightly tan head that recedes fairly quickly, prominent lacing

smell - caramel and crystal malts, citrus hops

taste - malts up front with citrus hops finishing out the profile, a nice tinge on the palate midway before the finish

mouthfeel - light, thin, light carbonation

drinkability - the flavors aren't incredibly robust but it's an easy drinking ale

Photo of mdubord
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at Westwood Brewing Co in LA. For lunch, no less. What's better than that?

Appearance: reddish brown. Great head, lacing all the way down the glass.

Taste/Smell: Aroma of evergreen is there on the nose, and there on the palate. Citrus flavors (slightly lemony). Finishes up with medium hoppy bitterness. Missed the caramel that others report. Will have to try again.

Mouthfeel: Medium on carbonation (all the more noticeable since my next beer was an absolutely flat Full Sail Pale Ale). Medium body.

Drinkability: very drinkable beer. I could drink this all day.

Photo of kylehayworth
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice dark amber color, slight white head which slowly fades.

S: Lots of citrus hops: orange/tangerine/grapefruit

T: Taste most of the hops I smelled, plus a nice malty backdrop.

M/D: Keeps a grasp on a lot of the flavors, this is a low abv amber ale? It has so much kick/flavor.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber / ruby color, with a medium sized off-white head that stays around a little bit and leaves a little lace on the glass.

Smell: Surprisingly strong hop aroma. Strong grapefruit and pineapple aroma, with a floral twist. Light caramel malt.

Taste: Levitation has a taste outside of the category. It is almost an amber ale / IPA hybrid (not surprising, since it is Stone). Not much malt presence; what there is has a caramel flavor to it. A combination of hops take the flavor forefront; citrus, mostly grapefruit, but pine and floral as well. Tightly melded flavor, and it finishes a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, and the hops add a sneaky oily feel. Fuller than medium body.

Drinkability: This has quite a full character, which I enjoyed. This is a good beer to relax with, even though I do not get into this style that often.

Photo of berley31
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark amber color, mostly clear, that is a brilliant ruby red when held to the light. Moderate-sized head that diminishes to a film over a couple of minutes.

S: A boatload of citrusy hops... especially pineapple. LOTS of pineapple.

T: Lots of pineapple in the taste as well; a hint of sweetness in there, but mostly citrus that I'm tasting. Different for an amber ale. Firm bitterness in the finish.

M: Light-medium body, thin texture, with average carbonation.

D: A very easy-drinking, refreshing beer. The pineapple flavor is quite pleasant, but I would expect a little more malty sweetness for this type of beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep amber color with a big 2 inch head that fades to a nice tight cap. Lacing is very good and leaves rings on the glass.

S - Smells of pine tree hops and bready malts.

T - Like others have said this tastes like a toned down Arrogant Bastard. Nice balance of malts and hops.

M - Good carbonaton makes for smooth drinking.

D - This is a very tasty and flavorful beer for it only being 4.4% ABV. This is a nice alternative to Arrogant Bastard for those who are new to Stone or want to take it easy on the bitterness level for the night.

Photo of ghostmech007
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. The label states that this beer should be refrigerated and it was. Nice blurb about the beer on the back of the bottle.

The bottling from Stone is always impressive. You should read the little stories they have about the beers. No freshness date from a bottle.

Beautiful head. Very dense foam with a very sticky lacing on the glass. Deep red with a brown halo around the glass when brought up to the lighting.

Smells like candy. Caramel, yeast and heavy malts. Slight hop aroma with lemon tones.

A very good tasting brew. Nuts flavors go with the bready malts well. Medium body with a slight tip to the carbonation fizz. Hops are present at the finish but other than that nothing really shows in the first part of the glass. Caramel is in the finish as well.

If I have to say so myself I'd say this is a weak Arrogant Bastard. But I do have to say that this is a damn good brew and I'll be sharing it with my friends at later dates.

Photo of cdbooth219
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a translucent amber color, with a large off-white head that lingers. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass

S: Smells of piney and earthy hops, with a sweet malty background aroma.

T: Lots of piney and earthy hop flavor, with some bready malt behind it. Quite a bit of bitterness as well. Finishes quite dry and bitter. No real alcohol presence, and a lot of flavor for the low abv.

M: Rather light bodied, with quite a bit of carbonation, and a bit of an oily feeling left in the mouth.

D: Very flavorful for its abv, I could drink quite a few of these and enjoy it very much. Definitely a great session beer.

Overall, this is another good offering from stone. This is one of the most flavorful beers i have had at this low of an abv. I will definitely be seeking out a full 6 pack of these soon.

Photo of Greenst82
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly translucent dark amber color. Actually the color of the beer is real similar to the color of the actual bottle. Small amount of head, an off white almost woodish color, but stuck around a little while. Decent lacing.

S - Somewhat malty, also some mild hop aroma. Actually having kind of a hard time putting it into words. Piney sweet almost. Bready maybe.

T - Bready malts with certain woody characteristics and a real bitter finish. Piney hops seemed to be more apparent towards the end of the beer.

M - Med mouthfeel with a nice refreshing carbonation level.

D - I could probably go through a whole bunch of these, especially with the low ABV. Tasty enough to not get too boring, but not overwhelming either.

Photo of tweeder263
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy amber brew with smallish head. head dissipates quickly. Mild carbonation. Smells very nice ,mostly earthy type hops. Mildly hoppy beer nicely rounded. Very slight tartness that works well. Mouthfeel is blah {in all fairness i dont know how old this beer is, not dated}.A very drinkable beer good just about anytime.

Photo of armock
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from a pint fresh from the brewery at the Stone World Bistro.

A - Poured a ruby color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of piney hops with a solid bready malt backing

T - Follows the nose nice piney hops that are slightly balanced out by the malt

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I for one like big beers and refers to 5.5% abv beers as session beers because most under that lack flavor in my experience however this one kicks some ass its one of those beers that if I had to choose five beers to drink for the rest of my life it would be one definitely worth trying

Photo of livewire78
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark molasses ruby color. Thick foam that could be eaten with a spoon leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells of strong hops and brown sugar. What jumps out is the intensity of the smell. Not expecting that.

Are you sure this is under 5%? There is just WAY too much flavor for that little alcohol. Tastes like Arrogant Bastard's little brother. But the little brother is still a badass MMA fighter just in a lighter division. Aggressive hop profile here and me likey!!

Mouthfeel slacks off a little. A teeny bit too watery but that just makes it all the easier to drink.

I love this beer. Just what I'm after. Lots of flavor and something I can have more than 2 of and not need a nap. More like this please.

Photo of fattire513
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall an average beer for Stone, the IPA is by far a lot better than this one

A: copper-red in color, with a one finger head lasting the entire way. nice lacing around the head and retained throughout.

S: nothing really jumps out at me, then again I am a beginner to the art of beer tasting.

T: more hops than malt, not as balanced as other amber ales. not a strong fruit taste at all. I think the hops over power this one a bit too much

M: good flavor on the palette, again not too strong but the hops are definitely evident in this one. not very smooth for an amber ale.

D: could definitely drink more of these but overall I am somewhat disappointed in Stone on this one.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I bought a 6pack when Stone hit Chicago, had one of these and didn't think much of it. Tonight I finally sat down to review it and got distracted for 2 hours answering email-- and in that time I had 3 of these. I'm now officially reviewing it (no distractions):

I poured this into my standard pint glass and was actually impressed immediately with the copper color and beige head. It looked deep and clear with some ruby red highlights when held to the light. The color reminds me of the hair color of a girl I dated-- but she ALWAYS called her hair "auburn" and got really pissed if anyone used any other word. The lacing has been leaving thick rings around my glass all night. It really looks spectacular.

The smell of big malts is sweet and thick. It isn't fresh-baked bread, but more of a buttered toast. Then some piney hops cut in and smack you in the face. There is a slight citrus vibe hiding somewhere in here as well.

Taste is quite pleasant. Sweet at first, then a little bitter. Again, it reminds me of that girl I dated... The hops are more noticeable than in other ambers I've had, but it actually works well, because I am in fact a hophead. This isn't the most balanced beer, but I don't really think that is what Stone goes for too often-- and I can respect that. Nice bubbles on this medium body red (again it reminds me of the ex!)... It feels creamy and smooth on the finish, not gritty or chewy, but certainly not a water! The hop oils coat my teeth and remind me a little of smoking a joint.

All in all-- This is highly drinkable. Low ABV makes it sessionable enough (considering I'm finishing my 4th one right now), and the flavor is plenty good. I might buy more of this if only to hand to my Fat Tire drinking buds and hear their opinions.

Photo of Adoxander
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter for this review.

Color: Deep red hue, almost a dark looking ale unless held to the light. Looks great in the glass.

Smell: Definitely a potent malt front. Slight piny hops characteristics finish off the aroma. Im not very experienced with this type of beer, so my comparisons might not be great, but I get unripened somewhat tart raspberries, maybe some hints at apricot and then of course the pine from the hops.

Taste: Again I get a fruity, smooth tasting beer. The malt is definitely the majority of this beers character but there is a nice hoppy backbone. Hops are more pronounced as the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Lush and invigorating, the flavors blend well to excite a wide range of taste buds. Thick without being chewy or overwhelming.

Drinkability: Very nice to sip on, could easily drink a number of these.

Photo of Kitt
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep, dark, red. Virtually no head and very little lacing.

Aroma: A rich malt with strong spice background.

Taste echoes aroma: Strong malt with spicey, piney, hop background. Slightly bitter taste lingers a bit longer than most red ales.

Mouthfeel is good. Smooth and fairly heavy. Perhaps slightly over-carbonated.

Drinkibility is okay but this is a rather rich beer with an ABV on the low side. I can have a few at this sitting but later in the night will want to switch to something a bit less heavy.

Overall, a decent ale.

Photo of vacax
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Levitation, the misunderstood baby brother of the Stone family. Pours a ruby amber with a creamy red-hued tan head with very good retention and lacing. Aroma is tea-like with a floral nose, grapefruit, toast, and caramel. Tastes of geranium, grapefruit, earth, pine. Finish has more flora, and a dry cookie taste. Medium with a prickly carbonation. I drank this pint well, and will do more in the future. Levitation is a fine, fine beer.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle says 2007 Gold Medal Winner in American Red / Amber Beer Category. only once I was finished did I notice a faint "Enjoy by 03 03 10".

A - deep amber, a little hazy. initial head diapates to a thin whispy covering that remains thoughout. slight lacing.

S - floral hops, not much else

T - very hop forward, a tiny bit of malt. clean aftertaste

M - mid to high carbonation. slick

D - could be more balanced. tasting blind I would call it an IPA, not an amber ale. similar to arrogant bastard.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: nice lacing and reddish-amber color

smell: good whif of citrusy aromas

taste: easy drinking ipa for strength in hop flavor. citrus and pine flavors. Like an IPA light

mouthfeel: light-medum bodied, easy drinkingfor the power of flavor.

drinkability: Been really excited to try this. Whay a great idea. a session beer for real beer lovers have when they don't want to get buzzed. Because I have to work at 6am tomorrow. perfect!

Photo of jpro
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After having this a few times on tap at various spots, I'm finally getting down to rating it (based on a bottle I picked up a couple of weeks ago). Levitation pours a hazy red, with a big, fluffy eggshell head. There are a few spots of lace, here and there, that get left on the glass; the head subsides to a thin layer / ring of creaminess. Smell is dominated by hops: grassy, herbal and hemp are big. Taste has some light caramel malt notes (very light) - the herbal hop character takes center stage. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but what would you expect from a 4.4% brew? Carbonation is a bit high, but seems fitting. Based on the abv, drinkability is up there... The fact that it's a good beer helps, too.

Photo of scruffwhor
2.87/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

HURRAAAYY!!!! I no longer have to go to Indiana to get Stone's beers!

What a grand copper and ruby head. This is the gold standard of color and not to mention head and foam for ths style of beer. What an awesome beige and yellow head and thick film of foam along with the fantastic bubbling.

Oily hop resin aroma that really muddies the toasted barley grains. This is a pretty overwhelming hop aroma.

The taste starts very oily and hoppy upfront and through to almost the finish. Just a few caramel and crystal malts and thats about it. This amber ale's flavos and paate is dominated by by oily, resiny tasting and feeling hops.

This would not be a session ale for me.

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,780 ratings.